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Mustangs corralled after cruising through the Northern Rivers celebrating 60 years of the Ford Mustang. Image: contributed

Mustang Stampede celebrates 60th Anniversary

The Ford Mustang was first launched on 17th April 1964 and this year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of its launch this Wednesday. The Mustang has become an icon of the motor industry and a much-loved classic “muscle” car. The lines and shape of the modern Mustang has been skilfully developed to evoke the nostalgia of the classic car for the current enthusiast.

The Clarence Valley Mustang Club celebrates this outstanding achievement of an automotive classic with a cruise through the Northern Rivers to show off their much-loved cars. The Mustang models joining the cruise ranged from the classic 1969 Coupe and a 1970 Mach 1 muscle car through to modern classic Mustangs and a new 2024 Shelby Super Snake.

Club members from Grafton, Yamba and Casino cruised along Ballina’s River Street, much to the delight of several enthusiastic spectators. Then on to Lismore for a cruise up and down several streets in the town centre where some morning coffee drinkers gave a wave. The group then “rumbled” along the Bruxner Highway to Casino for a cruise along the main streets and a stop for a delicious lunch.

The Grafton and Yamba crew then cruised down the Summerland Way to picturesque Corcoran Park on banks of the Clarence River for a photo op and a chance to show off our cars to a few locals enjoying the sunny autumn weather.

It is great to see a group of motoring enthusiasts enjoying their passion and celebrating this significant 60th Anniversary milestone for the Ford Mustang.

Irwin Perring